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Candidate nameWardEnvironment Platform Statement
Matt Alexander Ward 1

"We can work as a community to ensure new development has a positive impact on our environment.

Secure Public Access to Ward 1’s Undeveloped Hilltops
Let’s be pro-active about setting land aside for neighbourhood use and create a plan to make our scenic hilltops accessible.

Ensure Responsible Shoreline Development
Adopt a Development Permit System to manage development of lakefront properties and direct new development to areas where environmental features won’t be impacted;

Reduce Run-off (and Landscaping Costs)
Install native-species rain gardens to reduce run-off into our stormwater system and reduce maintenance costs.

Work and Shop Closer to Home
Facilitate development of walkable, attractive public spaces to encourage sustainable transportation."

From, last checked Sept. 22, 2014.

John Antonioni Ward 10

“Expand hiking trails, parks and bike paths throughout the city”

“Continued focus on working with corporate partners to improve air quality in Sudbury”

From, last checked Aug. 30, 2014

Jean-Raymond Audet Mayor
Robin Auger Ward 7

"We here in Greater Sudbury have some of the nicest natural spaces, especially in the outlying areas. It is important in my mind to encourage our younger citizens and find ways to get them out to experience nature how its meant to be. As a council it can be a part of our mandate to help in findings ways to get children and young adults interested in our natural areas which can include developing interactive programs at some natural areas such as Ramsey Lake or Lake Laurentian."

From, last checked Sept. 2, 2014

Jacques Barbeau (Incumbent) Ward 2
Aaron Beaudry Ward 9
Matt Belanger Ward 3
Joseph Berthelot Ward 5
Fernand Bidal Ward 6
Brian Bigger Mayor
Mike Bleskie Ward 11

“Take good infrastructure seriously by working harder toward smart and sustainable development, which eases strain on existing roads, and contributes to a healthy lifestyle.”

from, last checked July 26, 2014

Kevin Brault Ward 6
Jeanne Brohart Mayor
Tay Butt Ward 12

“More parks and playgrounds and maintenance of existing”

from; last checked June 30, 2014

Fern Cormier Ward 10
Francois Couture Ward 4
Michael Cullen Ward 8

"Over the next few weeks and months one of my top priorities if to take inventory of all green spaces within Ward 8, with the intention of promoting and hopefully enhancing each designated space for the greater good. (This will be a top priority during my term as elected councillor)"

From Position Statement

Gordon Drysdale Ward 7
Ron Dupuis Mayor
Evelyn Dutrisac (Incumbent) Ward 4
Denis Ferron Ward 1
Jesse Gaudet Ward 3

“Sudbury has so many majestic lakes and rivers.  That is why, if elected, I will strive to protect the numerous waterways and their ecosystems, the forests and ensuring that we are working to protect the environment we live in.”

“From walking trails, to parks and recreation, green spaces help our community stay active and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.  To ensure we maintain these green spaces however requires us to ensure they are maintained - something that has not been the case.  That is why I will fight to increase funding for re-greening efforts throughout our ward - the bring greener, cleaner communities.

- Ensuring ward 3 has sufficient green spaces for a healthy living
- revitalizing current green spaces to make our ward green, beautiful and clean.
-Creating safe, fun environments for children to foster a healthy lifestyle, such as a splash pad and/or skate park.

Minimizing the harms of development on our environment”

From, last checked October 17, 2014.

Lin Gibson Ward 9

"Born and raised in Sudbury, I have witnessed from childhood the phenomenal influence of land reclamation and a positive shift in the attitudes of many residents towards our often misused landscape.  Having been a founding member of many lake and watershed stewardship groups and as Chair of Conservation Sudbury, I continue to provide a positive influence on making Greater Sudbury the environmental success story that it deserves and strives to improve upon.  I persist in promoting the protection of our precious environment today so that generations to follow will speak positively of those accomplishments."

From, last checked Sept. 3, 2014

Jeff Huska Mayor
Mike Jakubo Ward 7

"Our ward's playgrounds, arenas, walking trails, outdoor rinks, soccer and baseball fields, tennis courts, skate parks and other like venues should be bright, well kept areas where all ages of children, parents and seniors can go to remain healthy and active and spend time with friends and family.   Unfortunately, these facilities are old and in need of proper maintenance or renewal…. Mike will also work to ensure that these facilities are accessible to all residents so that children don't have to cross busy roads to access an outdoor rink, that we use our ward's natural settings for walking trails and that playgrounds offer children of all ages and abilities an equal opportunity for fun and enjoyment.”

From, last checked August 30, 2014

Terry Kett (Incumbent) Ward 11
Dave Kilgour (Incumbent) Ward 7
Robert Kirwan Ward 5

“ I have been working with local groups and organizations to generate more use of the major walking trails and parks in the Valley East area and hope to convince fellow Councillors that the development of walking trails and parkland will benefit our region so much in the coming years. Just generating increased awareness among members of the walking trails that are available to them will stimulate people into using these wonderful parts of our city. There are several potential areas in the Sudbury portion of Ward 5 where new multi-use trails could easily be created with little financial investment. This will be a cultural shift for a large segment of the population which is accustomed to spending a lot of their recreational time inside. We need to get people using our outdoor facilities so that they become more connected with nature and it becomes that much easier to protect our natural environment. When people value something, they are more likely to take care of it on their own.

I intend to partner with local schools to see if we can develop a relationship that fosters young children and teens becoming actively involved in caring for our trails and parkland. This can be simply a way of keeping the trails clean in return for volunteer hours, but it will be done in a way that hopefully creates a life-long love of nature among our youth and a desire to protect the environment for their future.”

from, last checked July 31, 2014

Mathieu Labonté Ward 1
Vincent Lacroix Ward 11
Joscelyne Landry-Altmann (Incumbent) Ward 12

“- Advocate for a sustainable site plan policy for construction/development best practices, responsible storm-water mgt. LIDS - low impact development and local energy efficiency programs.

-Support initiatives to protect our lakes , drinking water and natural greenspaces/natural heritage-mountaintops.”

From, last checked Sept. 5, 2014 

René Lapierre Ward 6
Richard Larcher Ward 5
Kerry Latham Ward 8
Paul Lefebvre Ward 4
Les Lisk Ward 9
John Lundrigan Ward 5

Natural Environment
"As a city we need to practice conservation and good wild life management. We need to protect our lakes, rivers and wetlands for future generations. We must also continue to work with local mining firms and business on the re-greening effort.

We must be cautious of future city growth in these areas. A wetland view might be good for new development, however the bigger picture must be looked at. It might not be good for the environment or the future long term health of the area.

I will commit to the development of a natural heritage system approach for the city’s wild areas through the city’s Official Plan, in order to better protect natural areas and wildlife habitat.

I will lobby the provincial government to extent the Chiniguchi Waterway provincial park to encompass the old growth red pine forests around Wolf Lake.

I will commit to ending the costly practice of allowing development in floodplains.

We should encourage natural buffers between development and water frontages."

from Aug. 5, 2014

Wyman MacKinnon Ward 9
Kent MacNeill Ward 5
Richard Majkot Mayor
Robert McCarthy Ward 12
Deb McIntosh Ward 9
Dan Melanson Mayor
Gerry Germain Montpellier Ward 3

"Gerry pledges to:
- Work with the Fish & Game Associations to help preserve our lakes and wilderness"

from, last checked August 14, 2014

Marcel Montpellier Ward 3
Chris Nerpin Ward 11
Chad Odnokon Ward 2

"I believe in promoting healthy, active lifestyles for the whole community. As your city councillor for ward 2, I would focus on the creation of green spaces, investments in cycling infrastructure, pedestrian walkways, nature trails, and investments in local food production in order to help make Sudbury a healthier community."

I am fortunate to have grown up on Fairbanks Lake, which is the only naturally spring fed lake in the area. Since this, I have come to appreciate the critical importance of maintaining this beautiful northern landscape many of us call home. Ward 2 has a gorgeous provincial park that sadly, many citizens do not visit because of the terrible driving conditions. I feel that Sudbury is home to some of the most beautiful areas in Northern Ontario, and we should be seen as such."

From, last checked July 8, 2014

Shawn Ouimet Ward 12

“Finding cost effective ways of cleaning our waterways and revitalizing our parks.”

From, last checked Sept. 18, 2014.

Joseph Palmateer Ward 2
Gerry Perras Ward 8
Hannu Piironen Ward 10

"Encourage infilling and densification to prevent urban sprawl. Continue to acquire more green spaces, especially along creeks and trails. Insist on full environmental assessment when planning new roads and other developments."

From flyer (pdf provided by candidate)

Ed Pokonzie Mayor

I will pursue a protected which does not allow human influence then lead to areas of -parkland
-Rural area (farmland)
-And inter-city development

Hand written platform provided by candidate.

David Popescu Mayor
Stefano Presenza Ward 8

"New Sudbury has always been a clean, safe and healthy community filled with parks and organized sports, as well as a thriving business area.  My commitment is to keep this positive trend going, as efficiently as possible. "

"My priorities for Ward 8 include:  improvements and developments to playgrounds, including outdoor rinks, tennis courts and potential skate parks"

From, last checked August 12, 2014.

Walter Prus Ward 7
Lynne Reynolds Ward 11

"Here is my record of accomplishments as your former Councillor when it comes to being ‘good and green’:

Protection of Oak Forest and Blueberry Hill features in Ward 11"

From, last checked October 16, 2014

Steve Ripley Ward 10

"By maintaining involvement with the city and community groups, that are committed to improving and protecting our Bell Park, I will ensure its beauty and sustainability for many years to come."

Encourage economic growth with the promotion of Eco-tourism in Greater Sudbury, especially in and around our Ramsey lake wild areas.

Ensure an increased re-greening effort by local mining companies to include increased summer student job creation and continued beautification and health of our local Eco-systems.

from, last checked July 26, 2014

André Rivest (Incumbent) Ward 6
John Rodriguez Mayor

“long-term vision that will protect our parks, lakes, and rivers, including Wolf Lake.”

“Review of the City’s Official Plan to ensure protection of green spaces”

From Oct. 2, 2014 Press Release

Sidney Shapiro Ward 1
Mark Signoretti Ward 1

“Preservation of environmental properties”

From, last checked Sept. 13, 2014

Al Sizer Ward 8

“protection of passive and active greenspace in our community”

From, last checked Sept. 13, 2014

Paul Soucie Ward 1

“ensure the ongoing upgrade of parks and playgrounds in Ward One”

“take a responsible approach to ongoing development that respects everyone involved”

From!platform/c1flq, last checked Sept. 13, 2014 

Chris Spry Ward 1
Paul Stopciati Ward 9
Will Thomson Ward 9

"Future economic growth is critical to Greater Sudbury’s success and environmental factors must always be given equal consideration in this development. The wise use of our forests, the protection of our many lakes, wildlife management, and the continued re-greening of our city are critical initiatives for all of us."

from!platform/c1ca7, last checked July 26, 2014

Thomas Trainor Ward 1
Michael Vagnini Ward 2
Mila Wong Ward 10
Dan Xilon Ward 2
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